German coalition talks continue on Friday

World November 17, 2017 06:03

berlin - The negotiations between CDU, sister party CSU, the liberal FDP and the Greens for a coalition in Germany will continue on Friday afternoon. After a long evening and night, the four parties have postponed the talks for a few hours around 4 am at night.

The parties started a round of negotiations on Thursday evening, in order to avoid major differences in the areas of the climate, the family reunification of refugees and finances. After almost fifteen hours of talking, it was not yet possible and the conversations were stopped for a while.

Chancellor Angela Merkel had announced in advance that decisive negotiations should take place on Thursday. The parties must stand out among themselves because other coalitions are probably not feasible according to observers. Because of the colors of the negotiating parties, black, yellow and green, it is also called a Jamaica coalition.

The talks will continue, if necessary up to and including Saturday, General Secretary Peter Tauber of the CDU informed. 'We are entering the extension,' said Cem Özdemir of the Greens. How long it will take depends, according to him, from the referee. 'But the result is decisive. '

Christian Lindner of the FDP admitted Friday morning that there are still differences in the area of ​​climate and migration, but that he was optimistic that the remaining differences of opinion could be resolved. 'Such a historic project should not fail because we are short of hours,' he said.

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